Reporter: Carleigh Griffeth | Videographer: Parker Slaybaugh
Concord, VA- A house fire on Thursday night forced a family out of a home they've had for decades.
No one was home when the house caught on fire on the 3000 Block of Spring Mill Rd. The family didn't find out until they got a call from a panicked neighbor.
Fire officials got the call around 7 p.m. When the Concord Fire Department got on the scene they had to call in several other departments to help. They had the blaze under control in about 20 minutes, but it wasn't quick enough.
The family lost two bedrooms. One belonged to the parents and the other to their oldest daughter.
The family was so shaken up that they didn't want to comment. But their neighbor said what they couldn't.
"They are doing as well as can be expected, um, they are devastated but, thank the dear lord, their family is ok, and their dogs got out, and that's the main thing," said Christy Mays, a neighbor and close friend.
The house had been in the family for four generations. The community is extremely close-knit, and neighbors said they feel like they've lost a home too. Even the fire chief commented on how tight the community is.
"This community stands together real good and um, and I'm sure they'll pull together and take care of this family," said Stephen Spraker, chief of the Concord Volunteer Fire Department.
Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.
Now the family has to go through what's left of their possessions to see what they can salvage. It's a process that will prove to be difficult after what they've been through.